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Alaska Lien Waivers Guide and FAQs

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Alaska Lien Waiver Rules

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No Specific Form

Alaska does not require any specific or statutory lien waiver form. Any form may be used.

lien waivers do not need to be notarized
Notarization Not Required

Alaska lien waivers are not required to be notarized, and there is no specific benefit to doing so.

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Cannot Waive Rights in Contract

Alaska does not allow lien rights to be waived prior to furnishing the labor or materials for which the rights are to be waived. Waivers in advance of work are not allowed.

Can Waive Rights Before Payment

The answer is yes. If the waiver is explicit, a contractor or supplier can sign a lien waiver before payment in Alaska and give up lien rights. Except this does not apply to individual laborers, who may not waive lien rights before payment.

Alaska lien waivers are mostly unregulated. This doesn’t mean that anything goes.

In Alaska, there aren’t specific laws that detail how lien waiver exchanges should occur. The state, for example, does not provide lien waiver form templates. Parties on an Alaska construction project, therefore, have some freedom to choose the exact format and language of lien waivers.

However, there are some limitations on how and when contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers can waive their lien rights in Alaska. Since lien rights are a policy right of contractors and suppliers, states have protections in place to make sure those rights aren’t unfairly side-stepped. The lien waiver exchange is a moment when lien rights get tricky. Alaska does have some limited protections around the rights of the parties, even though it does not have specific regulations on the lien waiver document and exchange process itself.

In Alaska, like everywhere, construction stakeholders must be mindful of the impact of a lien waiver. Though the documents are routinely exchanged, they can be consequential. The resources, forms, guides, and frequently asked questions about Alaska Lien Waivers on this page will help you get it right.

Free Alaska Lien Waivers Forms & Templates

Alaska does not have required lien waiver forms, but here are some lien waiver templates that can be used on Alaska projects. These waiver templates were drafted by construction attorneys.

Alaska Final Conditional Lien Waiver Form - free from

Alaska Final Conditional Lien Waiver Form

This ak final conditional waiver (also called a final conditional lien release) should be used when the final payment for a project is expected but...

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Alaska Final Unconditional Lien Waiver Form - free from

Alaska Final Unconditional Lien Waiver Form

This ak final unconditional waiver (also called a final unconditional lien release) should be used when the final payment for a project has been made...

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Alaska Partial Conditional Lien Waiver Form

This ak partial conditional waiver (also called a partial conditional lien release) should be used when a progress payment on the project is expected. There...

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Alaska Partial Unconditional Lien Waiver Form

This ak partial unconditional waiver (also called a partial unconditional lien release) should be used when a progress payment on the project has been received....

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Alaska Lien Waiver FAQs

It's common for lien waivers (also called lien releases) to be exchanged between parties along with pay applications and construction invoices in Alaska. The process can be confusing. This is especially true for the lien waiver forms and language itself. These things read like a legal document, and they are a legal document. It's important to understand the ins-and-outs of lien waivers when exchanging them in Alaska. In Alaska, lien waivers are mostly unregulated. This means that - unlike some other states - there are no specific set of laws regulating the lien waiver forms, language, and exchange procress. This doesn't mean that lien waivers can be anything anyone wants. To the contrary, the "lien rights" available to contractors and suppliers are quite regulated, and it's pretty murky and muddy how your Alaska lien waiver might impact those rights. The below frequently asked questions will help with some common issues encountered in Alaska.

Alaska Lien Waiver Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to use a specific lien waiver form in Alaska?

No, there is no Alaska statutory form requirement.  Parties on Alaska construction projects can exchange lien waivers using any form.

What are the requirements for an Alaska lien waiver? What makes a lien waiver binding?

A waiver of lien or stop-lending notice of rights that is written and signed is valid and binding and requires no consideration.

Are Unconditional Lien Waivers Prohibited in Alaska?

No, unconditional lien waivers are allowable as long as it is written and signed. However, individual employees/wage laborers are not allowed to waive lien rights, and a lien waiver purporting to waive that party’s lien rights is void.

Can a contractor or supplier waive their lien rights after work begins, but before payment is made?

Yes. Parties may only waive rights for labor and/or material furnished up to the date of waiver, but not for labor and/or material furnished after the date on which the waiver was signed.

Must an Alaska lien waiver be notarized?

No. Alaska dies not require lien waivers to be notarized. An Alaska lien waiver must be “signed by the claimant.”

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